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Candlelight vigil held Saturday for shooting victim

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Friends of Jacob M. Allen held candlelight vigil Saturday at the Hal Jensen Rec Center in Sunnyside.

Allen, 20, was shot and killed Friday night at the rec center on North Izabel Street. A second male, 16, was wounded and fled the scene. He was later identified by police and taken to Flagstaff Medical Center. Police have not named him because he is a minor and have provided no further details on his involvement in the incident.

Police tracked a vehicle seen leaving the scene to an apartment complex in Flagstaff, but the occupants were ruled out as suspects.

Police say they are continuing to interview people and follow up on leads, but investigators are "not actively looking for any specific suspect at this time." That could change, said police, depending on what they learn as they follow up with witnesses and leads.

Please call the Flagstaff Police Department at (928)774-1414 or Silent Witness at (928)774-6111 if you have any information in relation to this incident.

6 p.m. Friday: One dead, one wounded in Sunnyside shooting

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Two young men have been shot at the Hal Jensen Rec Center on North Izabel in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Flagstaff.

Sgt. Cory Runge of the Flagstaff Police Department said that one victim was found dead at the scene by police around 5 p.m. He was identified as Jacob M. Allen, 20, of Flagstaff.

Police learned a second shooting victim had been shot but fled the scene. He was later identified and transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment. Because he is 16 and a minor, police did not release his name. 

Two suspects wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts were seen running from the recreation center at the time of the incident. Additionally, a dark-colored GMC Suburban with aftermarket taillights and stickers on the rear window was thought to be involved in the incident.

The city-run rec center was closed immediately after the incident Friday and is likely to remain closed over the weekend.

It is named after a well-known community volunteer who led the local Toys for Tots drive each Christmas for many years. The facility offers youth and adult sports and recreation classes along with city rec league activities. Its director, Danny Neal, is a former Arizona Daily Sun Citizen of the Year.

If you have information on the case, please call the Flagstaff Police Department at (928)774-1414 or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.


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